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Sport in brief: Sligo woe after costly break-in

SLIGO Rovers are counting the cost of a break-in at The Showgrounds with thousands of euro worth of damage caused and items taken, writes donnchadh boyle.

Among the things stolen when offices at the grounds were raided were new tracksuits that were bought for the 'A' team and U-20 team. The first-team squad's Setanta Sports Cup and UEFA Europa League jerseys were also taken.

The tracksuits were sponsored by a local individual who had asked that the name 'Aware' be put on the front as a means of promoting the national charity.

Considerable damage was done to doors and windows during the robbery, which took place last week.

Rovers' media officer Dermot Brannigan said: "It's the sort of thing we could do without in the run-up to the new season. It's taking from funds that could be used for improving the grounds or the team."

Brannigan praised several local people, including carpenters and other tradesmen, who have offered to help with repairs. "This is much appreciated," he said.


Former St Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire has admitted using steroids when he was a player, including in 1998 when he broke the single-season home-run record.

"I used steroids during my playing career and I apologise," said the 46-year-old.

McGwire belted 70 home runs for St Louis in 1998 to shatter the record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. The record was subsequently broken when Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants registered 73 homers in 2001.

"It's the most regrettable thing I've ever done," McGwire added in a tearful TV interview. "I apologise to everybody in Major League Baseball, my family, the Marises. Today was the hardest day of my life."

McGwire, who last played in 2001 and was hired in October as hitting coach for the Cardinals, said he wanted to set the record straight before beginning his new role with the team.

"It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected," he said.


England's Six Nations games with Ireland and Wales will become Europe's first live 3D sports broadcast.

Fans will be able to watch every tackle and scrum with the latest 3D technology at 40 cinemas across Britain, starting with the Welsh game on February 6 followed by Ireland's visit to Twickenham on February 27.


Carlos Sainz closed in on victory in the Dakar Rally as he won yesterday's 10th stage.

The Volkswagen driver, a former two-time world rally champion, came out on top on the 238-kilometre run to claim his 16th career stage win and his first of this year's event.

Irish Independent